Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us… Ephesians 3:20 (NIV)
More than we ask or imagine—
I wanted to be loved and accepted, but feared rejection.
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will—to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding, he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ... Ephesians 1:3-9 (NIV)
More! Much more than I could ever have imagined—God blessed me with every spiritual blessing. He chose me in Christ before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless. In love, he adopted me through Jesus Christ for his pleasure. God has lavished me with his glorious grace and he reveals to me the mysteries of his will!
According to his power at work within us—
God’s power is at work in us. God didn’t simply justify us at the cross, he began a good work he plans to bring to completion. (Philippians 1:6)
What is the purpose of the work?
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. Romans 8:28-29 (NIV)
We are to be conformed to the image of Jesus Christ—our brother—and fellow heir of God.
Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. Romans 8:17-19 (NIV)
I cannot fathom what our future holds as children of God, but I can promise without hesitation it will be immeasureably more than we could ever ask or imagine!